By bell hooks
A vintage paintings of feminist scholarship, Ain't I a lady has develop into a must-read for all these drawn to the character of black womanhood. interpreting the impression of sexism on black ladies in the course of slavery, the devaluation of black womanhood, black male sexism, racism between feminists, and the black woman's involvement with feminism, hooks makes an attempt to maneuver us past racist and sexist assumptions. the result's not anything wanting groundbreaking, giving this e-book a serious position on each feminist scholar's bookshelf.
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Extra info for Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism
Linda Brent in the narrative of her slave experience expressed her awareness of the black female’s plight: Slavery is terrible for men; but it is far more terrible for women. Superadded to the burden common to all, they have wrongs, and suffering, and mortifications peculiarly their own. Those sufferings peculiar to black women were directly related to their sexuality and involved rape and other forms of sexual assault. Black female slaves were usually sexually assaulted when they were between the ages of thirteen and sixteen.
The numerous laws enacted to govern sexual behavior among early American whites have caused some scholars to conclude that the movement toward sexual repression in colo nial society occurred as a reaction against the sexual permissive ness of the colonizers. Andrew Sinclair comments: The terrible liberty of isolation and the wilderness made some of the first settlers discard their European moral restraints. Cases of bestiality, according to Cotton Mather, were not unknown.... ’ Until a stern public opinion could govern the ethics of a scattered and immigrant society, small governments tried to do what they could to keep up the standards of civilization.
This has led to a natural reaction, a desire to tear down what has been raised unduly high. Colonial white men expressed their fear and hatred of woman hood by institutionalizing sexist discrimination and sexist oppression. In the 19th century, the growing economic prosperity of white Americans caused them to stray from the stern religious teachings that had shaped the life of the first colonizers. With the shift away from fundamentalist Christian doctrine came a change in male perceptions of women.
Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks